An Open Letter from the Walker FamilyFriday, April 7, 2006 | 5:27 AM
Dear Race Friends and Family,
I want to say a few words about Lutie. She was a great lady who had a heart as big as the world. She loved the sport of motocross. She and James spent the last 30 plus years of their lives being in it. First by supporting their older son Timmy, who raced 11 years before Kevin came along. Then when Kevin came along, they got him into riding. Kevin decided he wanted to race when he was 11 years old. From then on for these last 25 years you've seen them at many races. They always went with Kevin when they were able. This included the biggest race of the year for amatuer motocross, Loretta Lynn's. During the last 24 years James and Lutie only missed maybe 3-4 of those races at Loretta's. They even went when Kevin wasn't able to race Loretta's. Mama is well known for her black-pot fried chicken at Loretta's. The likes of Tim Cotter, The Coombses, The Carmicheals, Scott USA, Bevo Forte and family, Parts Unlimited crew, FMF crew, Fox Racing Crew, Yamaha Racing crew, DMXS and even Jeremy McGrath and Ivan Tedesco have been able to partake of her delicious chicken. She was not only well known for her chicken but also for her mechanic abilities. She kept Kevin's bikes running and in peak condition while James was driving a truck during the week to get Kevin to the races on Sunday. Kevin would always tell the boys on the line- "You better watch out, mama's had my bikes torn down this week. I am ready now." Sure enough he'd spank them. It didn't matter who you were at the track. Whether it be Bradshaw, L. Ward, Neese or whoever--if you needed something, she would always lend a hand to help out if she could. She passed that onto Kevin. She raised a great family. She not only raised her five chaps, as she would say, but all those chaps at the track as well. She will always be known to all who knew and loved her as "Mama Walker".
May God bless each of you.
James, Kevin, Tracie and The Walker family
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